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One Person’s Story

Asghar Nurani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 14, 1980
Location of Killing: Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Homosexual act; Sexual Offense; Corruption on earth

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Asghar Nurani and 6 others was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Tabriz (July 15, 1980).

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information available about the circumstances of the trial.


Based on the report, Mr. Nurani was charged with “repeated sodomy” and “spreading corruption.”

Evidence of guilt

The report does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Nurani’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Tabriz declared Mr. Nurani a “corruptor on earth” and sentenced him to death. He was executed in the evening.

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